This may come as a surprise, but there are no regulations in the chimney cleaning service industry. Although cleaning a chimney is much more complicated now than it was in the past, anybody can start a chimney cleaning business, and unless you do thorough research before hiring someone, there’s no guarantee you’ll get good service. Here’s what you should keep in mind when choosing a chimney cleaning service.
While a chimney cleaning company doesn’t need to have any special certifications to conduct business, any reputable company in Canada will be WETT certified. WETT stands for Wood Energy Technology Transfer or Wood Energy Technical Training. Companies in the US should be certified by the CSI, or Chimney Safety Institute.
What sets a certified chimney cleaner apart from an amateur is that they won’t just clean your chimney; they’ll also check for any issues that may endanger your home. There are a multitude of chimney problems that could potentially threaten your safety, so it’s important to work with a professional who can address these dangers and recommend ways to deal with them.
Before you hire a company to clean your chimney, don’t hesitate to ask questions to ensure that you receive the best possible service.